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Clients do not look for firms but for the best teams of lawyers with the depth of experience they need to solve their public law problems. So we value our staff. We employ and are always on the lookout for great public lawyers with good experience and a passion for justice.

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Mai Chen

Founding Partner

Mai Chen is the founding partner of Chen Palmer NZPLS, Barristers and Solicitors, Australasia’s first public law specialist firm, which she co-founded in 1994.

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Nick Russell

Partner

Nick Russell is an experienced public law litigator who has appeared as counsel in a range of key cases at the High Court, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and Privy Council.

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James Dunne

Partner

James has a lifetime of understanding of how Parliament works in New Zealand. He specialises in law reform and public policy, and is an expert in Parliament, legislation, law reform, policy reform and overseas investment.

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Marina Matthews

Partner

Marina heads the firm's Education team. She has significant Parliamentary experience and has been a specialist advisor to several Education Ministers. She has experiece in a range of public policy processes including the preparation of Cabinet papers, briefing Ministers, and preparing for Select Committees.

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Anthony Russell

Principal

Anthony specialises in providing expert employment law advice, and has provided quality advice across a range of sectors. Anthony has been practicising law since 1991 and has represented a wide range of employment law clients, particularly in the health, education and infrastructure industries.

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Claire English

Senior Associate - Employment

Claire was admitted to the bar in 2002 after graduating from the University of Waikato with an LLB/BA. Since being admitted, Claire has specalised in employment law and has a great deal of experience in advising clients on a range of employment law issues and opportunities.

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Denise O'Connor

Admin Support

Denise provides day-to-day administrative support for Chen Palmer lawyers.

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Razia Bibi

Admin support

Razia provides day-to-day administrative support for Chen Palmer lawyers.

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Vicky Davis

Admin support

Vicky provides day-to-day administrative support for Chen Palmer lawyers.

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Donna Toailoa

Admin Support

Donna provides day-to-day administrative support for Chen Palmer lawyers.

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Karinia Lee

General Manager of NZ Asian Leaders

Karinia is responsible for implementing the vision of NZ Asian Leaders, supporting sponsors and members and managing the day to day operations of the organisation.

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